Old World wine created for New World dreaming!
Ravazzi Cellars is a small family-run winery in the San Casciano dei Bagni territory in
Tuscany. This prestigious area is near some of Italy’s most popular thermal baths, about 70km south east of Siena. The winery was founded in 1956 by Enio Ravazzi and is now run by his son Alberto, with his wife Roberta. The family has been making wine for 60 years.
I first met Alberto at VinItaly in 2013. I stumbled upon their small stand that caught my eye in the Tuscany Pavilion because their packaging looked beautiful and there were quite a number of people buzzing around. I tasted their Private Collection wines, including a Chianti Riserva DOCG and three more IGT red blends made with Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon in varying percentages. I fell in love right then and there.
In 2013, I was a passionate wine lover. DOCG Imports was a twinkle in my eye. I dreamt of owning a Prosecco-importing company for California to help meet the increasing demand for high-quality Prosecco. Stumbling upon this hidden gem helped me expand my importing dreams from Prosecco to all wines and start thinking about becoming a certified expert. It dawned on me that there are so many high-end, small wine producers in Italy that we just can’t find in California. This is only because of the simple fact that they don’t have the resources to export and most U.S.-based importers are looking for the big brand names, classic varietals and the standard Italian fare.
Ravazzi’s Chianti DOCG made me an enthusiastic believer of the differences between Chianti DOCG and Chianti Classico DOCG. Ravazzi’s products, vision and philosophy made a lasting impression.
That first sip broadened my importing horizons, which led me to wine tours that led me to start sommelier training. I kept finding these little gems of vineyards. Families and wineries, like Ravazzi, who keep the tradition of Italian winemaking alive and pure.
Ravazzi is my choice for Chianti and Tuscan blends. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.